I got a new laptop yesterday: MSI Creator Pro Z17. The first thing I did was download the latest Endeavour OS iso, but I’m having trouble running it. When I boot from the USB stick, I get 3 options: default, Nvidia, and fallback (nomodeset). If I pick either the default or Nvidia options, the screen goes black as soon as I hit the Enter key. If I select the fallback mode, I do see a kernel boot log, but then I end up with an error starting the X server as shown in the attached pic. Things fall apart so early in the process that I’m not sure what to check or what I can do to troubleshoot. Does anyone have any ideas? I appreciate any help I can get.
Hi Elloquin. I appreciate your response. However, I don’t get to the point where there is a working terminal that I can type a command into to display any more info. I don’t actually make it to a live environment. That’s what has me a little surprised and unsure of what to even try.
That was actually one of the first things I did. This problem occurs when Secure Boot is disabled. The only thing I can think of is this is somehow related to my Nvidia RTX A5500. It is a fairly new card.
Hi Bryanpwo. Funny you should ask that and thank you for your reply. I actually tried a few other distros including Fedora 36 Cinnamon which had the same issue as well. Next, I tried the latest (20.3) Linux Mint and was able to actually install that without any special tricks. However, after upgrading the kernel in Linux Mint from (I think 5.4) to 5.15.0-33, I would have to use the nomodeset kernel parameter or I would get no display. I gave up on that as I need a newer kernel to recognize my wifi module, so I tried the latest (22.06.01) vanilla arch. I could get that to boot using nomodeset, but trying to install vanilla Arch is not a road I was excited to go down. This problem manifests with different distros, but if I could get it to work with Endeavour, that would be my preference.
Just thinking out loud here the Apollo release doesn’t ship with the recent nvidia driver update, the update that was corrected upstream due to black screens on running systems, remember? (Two weeks ago, or something)
Thank you for your help Ricklinux. Just to make sure I’m doing this right, I selected one of the three boot options, press ‘e’ and add ‘ibt=off’ without quotes to the end of the string. The behavior for all 3 options is unchanged: default and Nvidia both just go to a black screen, and the fallback shows a kernel boot log followed by the error shown in the original post when trying to start the X server.